OBITUARY

AK Kenneth Love

April 6, 1933May 5, 2017
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Alton Kenneth (AK) Love went to see the Supreme Architect on May 5, 2017. AK’s wife, Imogene (Jean) Vella Oliver Love, of 55 years and 18 years preceded him in death. AK leaves sons Mark and Alan Love and two grandsons, Aiden and Challenger Love, and a dearly loved daughter-in-law, Devin Love, Mark’s wife.

AK was born in Embry, Webster County, Mississippi, moved to Missouri in 1943. He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church.

AK entered the USAF 6th of July 1951, discharged 7th of July 1955. Duties were Air Craft Crew Chief in Japan, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, and within the USA. This was one of his career highlights.

The other was with NASA, 20 January 1962 – 20 April 1990. These years were spent as a Quality Assurance Representative, starting with Mercury #4, the Gemini Program, at McDonnell Aircraft. Then to Houston, TX, MSC, changed to JSC. Later, the Apollo Program, Sky Lab, the Shuttle Program, and the Medical Science Branch. AK spent three months in Moscow, Russia for compatibility checks with Russian / USA Apollo – Soyuz Docking Program. He spent several years as a Test Subject at JSC, Altitude Chamber, Neutral Buoyance Water Facility and the 707 “0 G” aircraft.

AK’s marriage to beautiful Imogene, his one and only true love on 20 July 1956 was the highlight of his life. AK sorely missed her presence in his remaining years.

AK’s sons were a source of pride for him. They provided many points of interest and excitement. It seemed like forever for them to finally pick a career field. You guys have done well.

AK and Jean enjoyed short trips to nowhere in Texas, being sure to stay away from tourist attractions. After retirement the trips were more important than the destination. The back roads and state highways were the most enjoyable. This was another of their private and precious times together. AK belonged to several fraternal organizations: Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, the San Jacinto Shrine Club, American Legion Post #521 and the Post Memorial Team, the 40 & 8, and the assorted activities of each organizations.

The most rewarding volunteer item was the privilege of being a member of the Galveston Shriner Children’s Burn Hospital as a driver for the Transportation Corps. This unit provided patients transport to and from busses, trains, and planes to the hospital. It was a most rewarding position. After 9-11-01, his Jean spent many miles and hours riding with him.

AK leaves so many friends and he has so enjoyed their company. For God, County, and my Family.

In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to Galveston Shriner Children’s Burn Hospital at 815 Market St Galveston, TX 77550.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 14, 2017

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, May 15, 2017

Memories

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Vickie Kloeris

May 25, 2017

AK was the safety inspector in the food lab when I came to work in the lab in 1985. He was always very kind to me as a newbie employee and he had a great sense of humor. Sorry for your loss.

Stephanie & Rick Lane

May 14, 2017

A choice of love can sometimes be hard to make...not so after meeting and learning of my friend AK. Rick and I have been glad to meet him and enjoy lunches once a month. I was happy to give my special cane to AK. I know he got some enjoyment out of talking about the "cane". AK really enjoyed eating at Miller's Café which is near Nasa...On a few occasions he would talk about his experiences at Nasa. Thank you for your friendship. We will miss you.

Robert Hammond

May 14, 2017

I had the honor and privilege of getting to know A.K. "Ken" Love at Space Industries. He was a wonderful individual, friend, and mentor. A lot of us that worked there learned much from him, even though it might have been tough lessons to learn at the time. Our mutual Mississippi upbringings allowed us create a friendship that I will all ways remember. I enjoyed his stories, his love of life and family, and his passion for his profession. So much more could be written about Ken but there would not be enough space here to do it. I will miss him and I just hope he will not "reject" to many procedures in heaven...RIP Ken!

Tommie Butts

May 13, 2017

It was a pleasure to have known and worked with A.K. We worked together on the Memorial Team as well as the Sunday night Dance's. We became great friends. He will be missed.

Mark Reat

May 13, 2017

Mr Love was a fine man and a great neighbor for many years in Pasadena. He would always come down and talk anytime we were outside, and we had some great conversations. He was a great friend to Dad. May God wrap His loving arms around you, Alan and Mark and the rest of your family, and give you strength, comfort, and peace. On behalf of The Reat Family.

May 13, 2017

Reading all these wonderful tributes to our friend Ken, reminds us how genuine this man was. Steve and his family moved across the street from the Loves in 1968. Ken has been a like a father figure to Steve (who had lost his own father at age 8), ever since. His sage advice was delivered in a way that only Ken could do, was pretty much always spot on. After 1978 when I came into the family, Ken 'adopted' me and later, our children. He took a great interest in our family, and we will miss him.
Love, Steve and Bron Lee

Brad Alford

May 12, 2017

I've known AK for many years through my friendship with Jack and Marcella Coleman. He was a Fine man and always had a smile and a good positive outlook.He and Jack were Lodge Brothers and shared Military service as well as good friends. He was at Jacks funeral in his Masonic burial role and made me proud of all the good things about there organization.We mourn his Earthly loss but know Heaven has a new member and is welcomed with Open arms. Our Prayers are with his Family and HE WILL BE MISSED! Love Marella Coleman, Dee and Brad Alford

May 12, 2017

A.K. will be sorely missed. There are a lot of children more knowledgeable about the American Flag thanks to his volunteer efforts of teaching them in their school classrooms. He definitely enjoyed helping others and will be sorely missed. Butch & Lynn Sparks

Mark Love

May 11, 2017

Love you and miss you so much.

Virginia Babin

May 11, 2017

What to say that hasn't already been said? I will have to repeat some. A.K. was a kind, loving man. Arms always open for us ladies & his hand out to the gentlemen. Most of the time smiling, & he would tell you if he didn't approve of something. At his little table, where he collected admission to the American Legion dances, we have sung many of the old songs. He really enjoyed The Big Band songs. He liked country too. With his cane we even danced a little. One time it was a fast song & he got up, put his arm up & guided me in a few turns. He looked forward to the dances & seeing his friends every week. He would tell us about his trips he took a couple of times a year. Always going alone just to see friends & family. Tommie & I enjoyed the lunches we shared with you. Good bye A.K. At my age, I will see you soon & we will enjoy dances without your cane. Jean won't mind.

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